Hand Sanitation 101: 3 Ways You’re Washing Your Hands Wrong

The only thing worse than being uninformed is being ill-informed. Thinking you’re going about things the right way (when you’re actually totally wrong) is far more damaging to whatever goal you’re trying to achieve than if you simply aren’t sure what to do. With allergy season kicking into high gear (and colds and sinus infections springing up left and right), here are a few things you might need to know about hand sanitation. They could very well keep those fatal fingers from dooming your health!

1. Hands-Free Faucets Spread More Germs Than Manual Faucets

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have conducted a study on water samples from hands-free and manual faucets. They discovered that about 50% of the water samples from the hands-free faucets and 15% of the water samples from the manual faucets tested positive for legionella and/or other bacteria. While the author of the study goes on to say that the amount of bacteria found would not likely be a problem for healthy people, that does not erase the ick factor. After all, would you brush your teeth if there was a 50% chance that a fleck of poop was on the bristles? That’s a coin flip, my friends.


2. Your Hand Sanitizer Is Probably Making Things Worse

According a recent study in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, many of the homemade hand sanitizer recipes and at least one brand on store shelves contain considerably less than the 60% alcohol minimum recommended by health officials to kill viruses and bacteria.

A specialist in infection control did an experiment with his friend’s class of biology students and found that the 40% alcohol discount hand sanitizer actually seemed to spread the bacteria around on the hand, giving you more surface area to rub in your eyes, nose, and mouth. In this case, literally doing nothing would have been better than using this lousy form of hand sanitation.

Luckily, Quality Logo Products® offers several different kinds of hand sanitizers that contain over 60% alcohol in the ingredients. You can find a spray bottle, a credit card shaped dispenser, and a cool squeeze bottle with fun little beads.
3. It’s Handwashing, Not A Part-Time Job

Besides the fact that the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) hand hygiene slogan is the ominous: “Clean Hands Save Lives” (which implies that DIRTY HANDS END LIVES), you’ve got something else to be worried about: how much time you’re setting aside for the ol’ scrubby scrub. Sure, you may wash before and after using the washroom, eating meals, and poking open wounds. But how much time is that taking up? The CDC recommends that you scrub AT LEAST 20 seconds.

Go ahead and count out 20 seconds. I’ll wait.

Given the fact that most of you probably just skipped to the next line and couldn’t even handle counting to 20 (TO SAVE YOUR LIFE), chances aren’t high that you’re spending that much time on your hands.

Because you’re lucky enough to be born in a time where hygiene isn’t casting demons out from your soul before leeches are applied to your eyeballs, there’s a good chance you won’t catch a life-threatening illness from touching icky things (or touching things that have touched icky things or touching things that have touched—you see where I’m going). However, that doesn’t mean you won’t burn up all of your sick days in one go because you can’t be bothered to read the label on your hand sanitizer or hum the birthday song twice (this is the CDC’s actual recommendation for estimating 20 seconds if counting that high is taxing for you). You can curb the bacterial onslaught by making sure everyone in your office has a bottle of personalized hand sanitizer at their desk, in their purses and briefcases, in their glove compartment, in their pocket, and tucked into socks (because you never know).

If you have any questions about the ingredients in our hand sanitizers, the different kinds (gels, sprays, wipes), and logo placement, give us a ring at (866) 312-LOGO (5646).